Producing with RMITV
Have you got a great idea for a new TV show? Think you’ve got what it takes to source funding, crew and cast to make it happen? Ready to get started? RMITV accepts applications for new programs year round!
Producing television is an incredibly involved process, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Each year RMITV produces a huge amount of content and we couldn’t do that without our volunteer producers making it happen in conjunction with our Programming Manager, insert name here.
The types of support you can expect from RMITV as an approved pilot or approved production are as follows:
- Advice and guidance from our highly experienced Programming Manager, who acts as the point of contact for Channel 31 Melbourne
- Assistance in organizing broadcast agreements with Channel 31 Melbourne
- Access to our database of over 500 members to draw your crew from
- Free equipment loans (including weekend use!)
- Free access to our edit suite within office hours
- Studio access
- Access to our office for production meetings, computer, phone and internet access and printer
To apply to produce a show for RMITV, you first need to fill out the proposal form, found below. If approved, you make a ‘pilot’ episode, which is then reviewed by RMITV and Channel 31 before we decide to go ahead with a full season. Making a pilot is a good opportunity to experience the excitement and the rigors of developing a TV show. When you set out to make a pilot, we do expect you to be doing so with a view to making a season – we have limited resources and don’t want to dedicate these to one-off productions that never see the light of day!
Before you fill out the proposal, we strongly advise you to read through the RMITV/SCT Inc. Programming Policy, which outlines your responsibilities as a Producer. It’s also worth reading through the “Production Commencement Agreement” and the other RMITV/SCT Inc. policies to make sure you’re across everything.
RMITV generally doesn’t approve your program or pilot if you haven’t crewed on at least one full season of an RMITV approved production to get an understanding of the work required and the type of environment we expect you to facilitate as a Producer. We also won’t approve your program if it’s too similar to a current or previous Channel 31 Melbourne or RMITV program, if the production is considered too resource intense, or only benefits a small number of people.
- The types of things we take into account when reviewing your proposal are:
- The program’s relevance in terms of the aims and objectives outlines in section 3 of the RMITV/SCT Inc constitution.
- The program’s originality in relation to the content and format of existing RMITV/SCT Inc programs and other MCTC content.
- The production demands of the program in relation to the allocation of production resources to existing programs.
- The feasibility of the program’s budget submitted by the producer(s).
- The producer(s) understanding of the commitment required in producing a program for broadcast television as outlined in the C31 transmission agreement, and the producer(s) previous experience on RMITV approved productions.
- The number of opportunities created for students and RMITV members by the production – the more, the better!
If you’re keen to get started, check out the resources below to get the ball rolling.
- PDF of Proposal Guide
- PDF of Proposal Form
- PDF of SAMPLE Commencement Agreement (Out Dated)
- Example Budget (Excel)
- Example Rundown (Excel)